You are goodness and mercy and compassion and understanding. You are peace and joy and light. You are forgiveness and patience, strength and courage, a helper in time of need, a comforter in time of sorrow, a healer in time of injury, a teacher in times of confusion. You are the deepest wisdom and the highest truth; the greatest peace and the grandest love. You are these things. And in moments of your life you have known yourself as these things. Choose now to know yourself as these things always.
— Neale Donald Walsch from The Complete Conversations with God
… Move beyond any attachment to names.” Every war and every conflict between human beings has happened because of some disagreement about names. It’s such an unnecessary foolishness, because just beyond the arguing there’s a long table of companionship, set and waiting for us to sit down.
— Rumi from The Soul of Rumi: A New Collection of Ecstatic Poems
Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back. You’re done. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you want to have lunch with the person. If you keep hitting back, you stay trapped in the nightmare…
― Anne Lamott from Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith
Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.
— Paul Boese
In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you love? How deeply did you learn to let go?